Baltimore Orioles, Chris Davis out-slug Atlanta to take series
If you were watching tonight’s game between the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta at the beginning, you would have been hard-pressed to have Chris Davis hitting two home runs and the Birds taking the game. Ubaldo Jimenez had a rough first inning, but held on to win the game with a quality start. Jimenez’s line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K.
Jimenez started by giving up two quick runs, however the qustion is whether or not it should have been two. Freddie Freeman hit what was eventually ruled a two-run homer. The ball seemed to hit off of the wall in left center, only to be ruled a homer after further review. My personal opinion is that the call was correct – however whether or not there was enough evidence to uphold the call that was made on the field (which originally was a triple) is another story.
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However the Orioles weren’t about to let this game get away from them before they had their say. The Birds put two runners on against Atlanta’s starter, Teheran. That brought Davis to the plate, and he took advantage of Atlanta’s starter being a bit off his game tonight. His three-run homer gave the Birds a 3-2 win, and they wouldn’t look back.
Davis would come to bat again in the last of the second after the Orioles bat around in the first. He already had Jones on base, and he cemented his name next to this game by hitting his second homer of the game. That gave the Birds a5-2 lead, which was run to 6-2 on Caleb Joseph’s RBI-single in the last of the fifth. An inning later Adam Jones would add an RBI-single an inning later, and Atlanta’s Peterson would net an RBI=single against Oriole reliever Roe to run the final to 7-3.
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As I said, Jimenez really battled in this game. It looked at first like he was going to be run out of the ballpark, as he had a rough first inning. However he buckled down, the O’s put some runs on the board for him, and he was able to last seven innings. This game also marked the second consecutive good outing for Brian Matusz, who pitched to a few hitters in a very solid manner over the course of the past two games.
The three-game series with Atlanta concludes this evening, with Chris Tillman on the mound for the Orioles tonight. He’ll be opposed by Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.
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